WEDDINGS: Smith, Hajek wed in early June

Carla Smith and Jason Hajek were married Saturday, June 9, at the United Church of Kensington with pastor Dale McCain officiating the double-ring ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Marlin and Ginger Smith of Kensington. The groom is the son of Paul and RaeLene Hajek of Lost Springs.

Grandparents are Faye Lair of Independence, Mildred Hajek of Lost Springs and Max and Nelda Begnoche of Miltonvale.

The bride, escorted by her father, wore a princess-cut gown. The gown featured a square, scooped neck and scooped back. It was accented with cascading pearls and sequins in a floral design and had a chapel length train.

Maid of honor was Becky Goracke of Kensington. Best man was Brandon Gillett of Dallas, Texas.

Bridesmaids were Janelle Long and Joni Coles of Wichita and Jean Horton of Lee Summitt, Mo. Flower girl was Maggie McLean, niece of the groom.

The bride’s personal attendant was Amy Scardina of Overland Park.

Groomsmen were Greg Ferguson of Concordia, Erik Shupe of Salina and Chris Gentz of Lenexa. Ring bearer was Cade McLean, nephew of the groom.

Ushers were Jon McLean of Goodland, Jeff Buxman of Park City, Luke Utting of Lenexa and Kiley Beach of Kensington.

Candlelighters were Lindsay Morgan of Arkansas City and Michelle Rogge of Overland Park.

Jill McGrath of Lost Springs and Amy Brunner of Waterloo, Iowa, were the vocalists. Sherry Newbrey of Cedar was the organist.

Amber Beach-Hardacre of Athol gave a special reading.

Guestbook attendants were Marla Smith of Arlington, Texas, and Lynette McLean of Goodland. The program attendant was Jordon Nicholson, cousin of the groom. Grant Levin, cousin of the bride, and Emily Nicholson, cousin of the groom, handed out balloons following the ceremony.

A reception and dance followed the ceremony at the American Legion in Kensington. The hall was decorated with a white lattice arch, lighted picket fences and flowers grown by the bride’s mother. Hosts were Curtis and Mary Beach of Kensington, and Bob and Deb Gillett of Marion.

Reception assistants were Amy Begnoche of Wichita, Crystal Bretton of Manhattan, Courtney Imhoff of Longmont, Colo., Alissa Croston of Glen Oak, N.Y., and Jill Nech of Kensington.

The grand march was led by Howard and Barbara Grauerholz of Kensington.

The bride is a graduate of Kensington High School and a 2000 graduate of Bethany College with a degree in elementary education. She is a first-grade teacher at Johnson Elementary.

The groom is a graduate of Centre High School and a 1999 graduate of Bethany College with a degree in physical/health education. He is employed as a teacher, athletic director and boy’s basketball coach at Stanton County High School in Johnson.

Following a honeymoon in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, the couple resides in Johnson.

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